[birding] Gyrfalcon and Prairie Falcon continue
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Fri Dec 22 19:06:17 PST 2006
Rich Hoyer sent the following to obol.
Subject: Benton County Gyrfalcon and Prairie Falcon continue
From: Richard Hoyer <calliope AT theriver.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 17:02:12 -0800
Friday, December 22
First of all, anyone who really cared or who really paid attention to
my post from last night probably figured out that I didn't mean
"yesterday" but rather "the day before yesterday." The Corvallis CBC
was held on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
This afternoon at about 3:40 Jamie and I saw the GYRFALCON on Decker
Road 4 poles west of Bellfountain Road. When it flew off, it headed
WSW, and I watched it through my scope until it was a speck and
disappeared behind the hills. I presume it was going to an evening
roost rather than heading for Waldport. It's interesting to note that
its entire left side is paler than the right, the dorsal surface of
left side of the back and the left wing coverts specked heavily with
white. It also has an extra white spot on the left side of the head.
The rest of the bird is pretty pale gray, and a great distance (like
two miles) the whole bird looks almost white.
Then at about 4:15 we were watching the PRAIRIE FALCON at the Dorr
spot off of Smith Loop Road SE of the Corvallis Airport. From the E
of the first straight stretch of Dorr Road, look N along the line of
power poles which eventually end in a field. Just beyond the last
that is in line with the others is a smallish deciduous tree, on its
own, and this is where the bird was on Tuesday as well as this
Richard C. Hoyer
Senior Field Leader, WINGS, Inc.
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